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post #11 of 20 (permalink) Old 09-01-2015, 03:10 PM
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They'd look SOOO tiny!

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:what: I can't even imagine, your girls without those luscious coats!

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Hey, it was TC's thought, not mine! When Cinderella had just her little tummy shaved for an ultrasound, she was soooooo tiny! That little girl was ALL fur!

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I'm not a big fan of taking animals too far away from their natural form. One of the things I love about cats is that they aren't greatly different from their wild relatives.

The smallest cat I've ever had was about 7 pounds. She was born feral and found rummaging through a relative's garbage can at just 7 or 8 weeks of age, which no doubt partly explained her small size. I've seen full grown cats in the 5 or 6 pound range, but apart from two Singapuras at a cat show they were mostly former ferals who didn't get enough nutrition early in life.

Honestly, a 10 pound animal is really not very big. If it were a dog it would be considered a "toy" breed, so why make it even smaller?

Dogs are more "plastic" than cats, but even they have problems when they're too small - crowded teeth, collapsed tracheas, housebreaking difficulties.
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Here's a true wild cat that is about 3 pounds full grown. I don't know if anyone has ever tried to cross them with domestic cats.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rusty-spotted_cat
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Hardly any left, how sad.

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How rare is this cat ? The International Species Information Service lists 36 worldwide, with 7 being in the U.S. There are 0 living on Easy Street.

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This makes me very sad... the things humans will do for money...
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Nuliajuk,
Thank you for sharing that link, what a beautiful little cat, and how sad, it's on the 'Vulnerable' list...
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Another beautiful animal that may end up only living on in zoos.

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I remember seeing a picture of a Munchkin cat and thought it was adorable. I was actually interested in them when I was first looking for a cat, until I read about how they're bred and how unhealthy they can be... it's just sad. Such an unnecessary and risky thing to breed for... but then again, I feel that way about all "teacup", "munchkin", etc. breeders.

Funnily enough, my Ellie ended up being my own "munchkin" cat of sorts. She's only 7.5 pounds full grown and her legs are so short and stocky, that when her fur is long she looks like a little midget kitty. When she gets scared (usually because someone comes to the door), she literally looks like a little ferret running away because she runs so close to the ground... it's hilarious!
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